What comes to mind when you think of the national sin of America? Abortion, pornography, drug addiction, alcohol, or homosexuality? Those are the big ones we tend to focus on when we think of the national sin.
What about the more “respectable” sins of our nation; sins like gossip, lying, un-forgiveness, anger, and lust. Are not these sins seen every day in our nation? Just look at the entertainment and gossip shows on TV or the gossip magazines at the registers in our stores, and I am sure you will agree.
That’s not all though, we are an angry, hateful nation. Look at our politics. The recent debt ceiling debate should show us that. The above sins are some of our national sins, and I can assure you they are just as ugly in the eyes of God as the sin of abortion or homosexuality.
Proverbs 12:22 says “The Lord detests lying lips.” Detests is a very strong word, isn’t it? It is important that as Christians we walk in truth. The truth is that while we may not be guilty of drug addiction, abortion, or the other “Big” sins we tend to think of, we are more often than we care to admit guilty of lying, gossip, anger, lack of forgiveness, and more.
Most Christians probably wouldn’t lift up a gun and murder someone with whom they are angry. Yet, those same Christians will lift up their tongues and commit a sin just as serious in the eyes of the Lord. They will gossip about them and destroy their character. In God’s eyes this is as serious as murder because it comes from the same heart motivation. Jesus said “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” Matt 5:21-22
I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. Just to be sure let me state it. We Christians are guilty of participating in and contributing to the national sin. Remember that as Christians we need to stand for truth. I believe this is the truth. I am guilty of it, and so are you.
Because of this we need to humble ourselves, seek God’s face, confess, and repent of our participation in the national sin. Just like Nehemiah did: “I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.” Neh 1:6-7 Daniel did it as well: “While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill.” Dan 9:20
This is the third part of the price of seeing our nation restored: confessing our personal participation in the national sin. We love to quote Second Chronicles, but do we ever get around to humbling ourselves, turning from our wicked ways, and repenting of our sin?
This is the call of God to the Church right now! He is longing for us to confess and repent of our participation in our nation’s sin! Could it be we are not seeing a national revival because we don’t see a repentant Church in America?
If men like Nehemiah, and Daniel can admit and confess their participation in the sin of their nation, so can I. If I am honest before God I will confess the sin I hold onto and practice daily, and so will you. We need to remember that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth part of that process is exposing the sin we practice daily. So we like Paul can say “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Tim 1:16
So when we pray for the restoration of our nation let’s Confess God’s greatness, the national sin, our participation in that sin, and realize that God is a right and Holy Judge of sin. Cry out with me the words of the psalmist in Psalm 119:176 I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands.